(Northeastern France, probably Arras, late 15th century). 146 x 95 mm. (5 3/4 x 3 3/4"). Single column, 15 lines in a pleasing bâtarde hand.

Rubrics in red, one one-line initial in brushed gold on a red ground, EACH SIDE OF LEAF WITH A BRUSHED GOLD PANEL BORDER, WITH VERY PRETTY ILLUSIONISTIC FLOWERS; WITH ONE SMALL MINIATURE (measuring approximately 40 x 25 mm.) depicting God the Father. Headlines written in French in a later (18th century?) calligraphic hand. Light soiling, rubrics faded, gold somewhat dulled, the frame around the miniature a bit chipped and the lower half the figure's face without paint (questionable as to whether this was a choice by the artist, as it rather resembles a white beard), but these issues mostly minor, and one the whole a very nice specimen, generally clean and smooth, with ample margins and bright color.

From a charmingly decorated 15th century prayer book, this lovely leaf offers the opportunity to acquire a particularly nice miniature with considerable gold ornamentation at an attainable price. The text here comes from prayers addressed to God the Father, which would have been proceeded by prayers to the Son and Holy Spirit to complete the Trinity. The accompanying image shows God enthroned above the clouds, holding an orb in one hand and wearing a strikingly bright red robe. For other leaves from this same manuscript, please check our website.